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Meet Aron Baynes' wife Rachel, the NBA athlete's motivation queen

Yasmine Leung January 28, 2022
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Australian NBA athlete Aron Baynes has finally opened up about his mysterious injury during the Tokyo Olympics 2020 that left him unable to walk. Stranded in Japan, Baynes’ only goal was to hug his wife and three children, so fans are now interested to know more about his family life.

In a recount to ESPN, Baynes labelled the difficult hospital period as “the loneliest time in my life, going in and out of consciousness, going over my life plan and my goals and just crying.”

During a game against Italy in the group stages, the 35-year-old was found unconscious on the bathroom floor of the Saitama Super Arena. MRI scans revealed that he had internal bleeding that was putting pressure on his spinal cord.

Due to Covid, he was unable to travel back to Australia for months, but his motivation was clear: to see his family.

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What we know about Aron Baynes’ wife Rachel Adekponya

Judging from interviews and his social media, the NBA player has a great relationship with his wife.

She has been his support system throughout his entire injury and recovery process since they were constantly Facetiming, according to his recount. When he was finally able to see her and their kids virtually, he broke down in tears.

Adekponya is Australian and of Ghanaian descent.

Seems like the family has a thing for basketball: her brother Matthew Adekponya is a player for a semi-professional team, the Mackay Meteors. He’s shot content for the Illawarra Hawks and the Australian Boomers.

It’s unknown when exactly Rachel and Aron Baynes started dating, but they were reportedly high school sweethearts. They have been together since at least August 2013, the date of their first couple photo on Bayne’s social media.

Baynes and Adekponya have three children: son Mason – born in 2016, and two daughters, born in July 2018 and December 2020.

Check out their family moments here:

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Baynes’ salary explored

The athlete was waived by the Toronto Raptors in 2021, though his salary would’ve reportedly been $7.35 million.

According to Sportrac, his two-year contract from 2020-2021 was $14.3 million, while the year before was  $10.6 million with the Phoenix Suns.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.